Plants bring life into your home. They look great and can even improve the air quality inside your home! And yet a lot of people don’t have indoor plants, believing them to be hard to look after. The trick with indoor plants is to have the right plant for the conditions. Advantages of Indoor Plants
Adding plants to your indoors can help increase the oxygen levels in your home. Plants absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. Plants also release moisture vapour; by clustering a group of plants you can increase the humidity in a room, which will help with dry coughs, sore throats and colds.
Plants also remove toxins from the air, things like formaldehyde which is in rugs and vinyl and benzene found in man-made fibres, inks, solvents and paint. There is also evidence to suggest that studying around plants improves focus and plants in hospital rooms help speed up recovery rates.
Plants in decorative pots will dress up your home with their living beauty.
How Many Plants?
These effects will only be present if you have an adequate amount of indoor plants. Research shows that one large plant, or a few smaller plants clustered together, every 30 square metres will create health benefits. Having greenery in view from every room in the house will definitely lift your mood as well.
How do I Grow Indoor Plants?
The trick with indoor plants is to buy plants that are suited to the indoor conditions, including lack of direct sunlight. Ask your nursery. Find pots that match your décor at superamart.com.au/ and seek advice for correct potting procedures.
Here are five plants that are easy to grow indoors and will benefit your health and wellbeing.
Spider plants are a hanging or trailing plant and they are ridiculously easy to grow. They are so hardy they will survive in the worst conditions and will become utterly glorious when well kept. The spider plant will purify the air quickly and also removes formaldehyde.
Dragon trees are tough plants. They have stiff multi-coloured leaves and are very attractive indoors. They are drought resistant with a very resilient root system and they will thrive indoors. They purify the air and remove formaldehyde, benzene, toluene and xylene.
The gerbera daisy is a lovely flowering plant that will add a touch of colour to your home. Flowers are white, pink, orange or red. Gerbera Daisies are fairly easy to look after and will release oxygen at night and purify the air by removing benzene and trichloroethylene.
English Ivy is very hardy and is used as a ground cover out of doors. It is being used outdoors less frequently these days as it can become invasive. English Ivy has been shown to reduce airborne faecal matter particles, so if you have indoor pets it is a great choice.
The philodendron is attractive and hardy and also helps purify the air and removes formaldehyde.